An exciting game preceded an exciting fireworks display, but the Danville Dans came out on the wrong end of a Prospect League contest and lost to the Quincy Gems, 7-4, on Friday evening at Danville Stadium.
Quincy struck first when designated hitter Zach Miller scored on a wild pitch in the second inning. But it was the fourth inning that undid the Dans, as the Gems scored six times in the frame. Jon Myers got it going right away with a solo homer on the first pitch of the inning off Dans starter Donavan Drake. The Gems then used two walks and four more hits, including a two-run double from left fielder Jordin Hood, to take a 7-0 lead.
Danville chipped away at the deficit in the middle innings, scoring once in the fourth and the fifth and twice in the sixth. A Ryan Van Amburg walk and a Cody Yount single started the fourth. After advancing to third base, Van Amburg scored on an RBI groundout by Richie Goodenow.
In the fifth, Austin Green doubled to with one out. Dabo Worthington followed by drilling a ball off the left-field wall for another double to plate Green and cut the score to 7-2.
The Dans had an eventful sixth inning. Jason Hamm reached on an error to lead off, and with one out, Byron Williams and Chris Lewellyn drew walks to load the bases. Frank Rawdow then singled to left to score Hamm, but Williams was thrown out at the plate for the second out.
The Dans weren’t done, however, as Lewellyn stole third and scored an overthrow by the catcher to cut the score to 7-4. After another Quincy error and a walk to Worthington loaded the bases, it appeared Danville added one more run, as the field umpire called time and seemed ready to call a balk. But after conferring with the home plate ump, he thought otherwise and Van Amburg popped out to shortstop following a lengthy at-bat to end the inning.
The Danville offense couldn’t get anything going late, though, as it was held scoreless in the last three innings. Matt Tracey picked up the win for Quincy, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing four runs on four hits while walking six and striking out four. Donavan took the loss for the Dans, as he gave up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Brett Huber, Goodenow and Mark Lamm pitched well in relief for Danville, combining to throw 5 2/3 innings of two-hit ball without allowing a run. No one on the Danville offense had more than one hit. Worthington, Goodenow and Frank Rawdow each had an RBI. With the loss, Danville drops to 4-4 on the season.